Artists of the Week: Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys (2002) is an English indie rock band formed by Alex Turner (vocals, guitar and main composer), Jamie Cook (guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass), and Matt Helders (drums) and one of the most prominent acts of the 90s and highly danceable post-punk revival which include bands such as The Strokes and The White Stripes (in the US) or Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines (in the UK).
Arctic Monkeys were also one of the first bands to fully take advantage of the possibilities of the rising of the digital media landscape: by the time they signed their contract with Domino Records in 2005, they had already gathered a considerable fan base through their MySpace page, which was paramount for turning 2006’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not into the fastest-selling debut album by a group in the UK.
Their next records kept their wave of critical and commercial success, making Arctic Monkeys one of the few British bands whose first four albums were #1 in the UK charts. Nevertheless, their sound kept evolving at a steady piece, becoming heavier (2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare), loosest (2009’s Humbug) and sophisticated (2011’s Suck It and See).
Arctic Monkeys’ fifth and new album, AM, is a worthy addition to their canon and showcases a slicker and sexier sound that definitely confirms them as one of the most talented and American-sounding British bands of today.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.